28 Jun '11, 2am

Australia PM popularity at record low

Australia PM popularity at record low

SYDNEY: Prime Minister Julia Gillard has sunk below opposition leader Tony Abbott as Australia's preferred leader for the first time, a new poll showed Tuesday. When the Newspoll for The Australian newspaper, conducted last weekend, asked who would make the better prime minister, 41 per cent said Abbott, with only 39 per cent opting for Gillard. The telephone poll of 1,158 voters showed just 28 percent were satisfied with the Welsh-born Gillard's performance, her lowest since ousting Kevin Rudd to become leader a year ago in a party room coup. Dissatisfaction with the country's first female prime minister leapt to 62 per cent, making Gillard the most unpopular modern leader since Paul Keating at his worst in the mid 1990s. According to the poll, her government was faring no better with Labour's share of first preference votes crashing to a record low of 30 per cent. The co...

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